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BC-CT--Connecticut News Digest 6 pm, CT

January 10, 2019

Editors, news directors:

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TOP STORY:

HOSPITAL HACKER

A man who attacked the computer network of a world-renowned hospital in Boston to protest the treatment of a teenager at the center of a high-profile custody battle was sentenced Thursday to more than 10 years in prison for crimes the judge called “contemptible, invidious and loathsome.” By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 465 words.

REDRAWING AMERICA

As the 2019 state legislative sessions get underway, a busy year of legal battles also is beginning over lingering allegations that hundreds of electoral districts across the country were illegally drawn to the disadvantage of particular voters or political parties. SENT: 2044 words. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ NORTH DAKOTA SUBMARINE: The first U.S. Navy submarine in a century to carry the name North Dakota is returning from its first deployment later this month.

_ MISSING DIRT BIKER: Two men convicted of covering up the death of a teenage dirt biker in Connecticut more than two years ago will spend less than a month behind bars.

_ COAST GUARD ACADEMY-SUPERINTENDENT: A new superintendent will take the helm this summer at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

_ GYM GRENADE: Police say a grenade found in the trash outside a Connecticut gym was inert and did not pose a danger.

_ YOUTH SPORTS EMBEZZLEMENT: A Connecticut woman has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $500,000 combined from her employer and the youth lacrosse organization where she served as treasurer.

_ SOUP KITCHEN-GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: A Connecticut soup kitchen is reaching out to federal government employees who have been furloughed, to make sure they and their families have enough to eat.

_ HOTEL BOOKER CHARGED: Police have charged a Connecticut man with deceptive business practices in the wake of complaints from guests about rooms he rented in a historic hotel in Maine.

_ HOUSE FIRE-FATALITY: A man who was rescued from a house fire in Torrington has died just days after his wife passed away. Fire officials say 65-year-old John Needham died at a hospital burn unit Wednesday.

SPORTS:

BKC--SMU-UCONN

SMU looks to remain undefeated in the American Athletic Conference as it travels to UConn, which will try to end a three-game losing streak. By Pat Eaton-Robb. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

CELTICS-HEAT

Boston brings a four-game winning streak into Miami on Thursday night, for the first of four meetings this season between the Celtics and Heat. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:15 p.m.

CAPITALS-BRUINS

The Washington Capitals visit the Boston Bruins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

PATRIOTS-PLAYOFF TWINS

New England Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty went nine seasons without appearing in a playoff game with Tennessee and Cleveland. Now he’ll get his first taste of postseason football during Sunday’s divisional round, playing alongside his twin brother Devin. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m. photos.

CHARGERS-DEFENDING BRADY

The Los Angeles Chargers held Tom Brady and New England to just one touchdown in four red zone trips in last year’s game. After flummoxing Baltimore last week, Gus Bradley is hoping to come up with another successful game plan this week. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

WNBA MOCK DRAFT

The Associated Press polled a panel of WNBA coaches and general managers for a mock draft of the two rounds this spring. Panelists were limited to college seniors and eligible foreign players, and they could not offer a pick for their own team. While last season there was a clear-cut No. 1 in A’ja Wilson, there is no consensus top pick this year. The top three picks remained the same from the first mock draft with Teaira McCowan, Asia Durr and Kalani Brown going 1-2-3. The AP will periodically update the draft board. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 880 words, photos.

OTHER MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

CCSU at Fairleigh Dickinson, 7 p.m.

Sacred Heart at Wagner, 7 p.m.

Monmouth (NJ) at Quinnipiac, 7 p.m.

St. Peter’s at Fairfield, 7 p.m.

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